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White
2/18/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
85 points
Nice mid-range Sauv Blanc. Light bouquet of citrus and white flowers.
Palate is somewhat ripe and sweet but there’s also a good tang of acidity to pull it off. 4+9+15+7= 85
Red
Another excellent bottle. What really floats my boat is the beautiful nose and the vibrancy of the palate, particularly in terms of the tannins and acidity playing together nicely. I’m sure this has 10+ years of life ahead.
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Red
2/14/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
93 points
Very dark ruby color with some fine sediment in the bottle. The bouquet was hard as nails for about the first two hours and then it woke up to show great intensity of berries and florals, light tobacco and extra dashes of lovely perfume. The palate is seductive and classy and haunting. Medium-bodied with soft, grippy tannins and nice acidic freshness. With filet mignon or on its own, it was a pleasure.
5+13+17+8= 93
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Red
2/13/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
89 points
Brown-gold color with a clear body. Toffee and orange rind on the nose, corresponding with maple syrup, roasted nuts, and candy apple on the palate. It is not over-the-top cloying but it is very sweet, with a good splash of acidity underlying all the sweetness. Very much like a ruby or tawny port, making it a perfect sip to team up with a good smoke.
5+11+16+7= 89
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White
2/12/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
92 points
Really delicious stuff. Citrus, apple, melon, and herbaceous flavors.
It’s taken me a good 20+ years to develop a favorable taste for Chablis. This wine has helped immensely. 5+12+17+8= 92
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Red
2/10/2020 - fingers wrote:
89 points
Followed for two hours open. It is simply too hot and ripe, and too wound up for me to enjoy. I’ll report back tomorrow after it has some time to breathe.
Day 2: well it certainly mellowed out some, but the profile remains monolithic and without much distinction of terroir. Time should still be on its side though, so if I had any more they would be resting for another few-several years.
5+11+15+8= 89
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Red
2/10/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
92 points
I can relate to the prior taster's note about not being very Cab-like, since I think this heads in more of a dried cherry direction than a typical blackberry and cassis profile. But notwithstanding that, I think this is a spectacular wine. Delicious on all fronts and it has a such an honest and pleasant mouthfeel. Mea culpa: I tend to love Sandler pinots and chards anyway so it's no surprise that I find this special.
5+11+17+9= 92
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White - Sparkling
2/9/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
89 points
Light straw color, very fine mousse though not not very persistent.
Lemon/lime-driven bouquet with a good chiseling of granite and chalk on the palate. A delicate texture and creaminess adds to the pleasure, yet it’s dry as a bone. Very good bubbly.
4+10+17+8= 89
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Red
Among any of the variations of the five Napa CTBP vintages, I believe this is my favorite. Drinking great right now after an hour open.
If this were still being made at $30/btl, I would be in for many.
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Red
2/3/2020 - fingers Does not like this wine:
82 points
Extra dark and hazy ruby color, no sediment. Followed over two hours open. Light to medium intensity nose of oak and flowers. Light to medium bodied with strong tannins and slightly candied fruit flavors with a bit of an astringent edge to it. Not much persistence or finish.
4+10+13+5= 82
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White
2/1/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
87 points
Notes after 30 minutes open, chilled to 48 deg. Mild aromas of beeswax and lemon chiffon. Very bright acidity and firm steel brace the palate for a tasty dose of tart fruit. I think time will help this relax and reveal more down the road. 4+10+15+8= 87
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White - Sparkling
1/31/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
94 points
Good golly, this is wonderful. Big and creamy mouthfeel with an abundant toast and biscuit bouquet, cast with delicious fruit like papaya, apple, mango, lime, strawberry... you name it. The length and persistence is amazing and that is where it really separates itself from the pack. Beautiful stuff. 5+12+18+9= 94
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Red
1/28/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
93 points
Notes after 30 minutes open. Light ruby/garnet color with no sediment.
Lovely nose of cherries and light perfume, enhanced with a few wood and nut notes. Felt and velvet underlay the long, fruity palate where I also get licorice and sweet spice with an ever-present acidity. I think I’m in love. 5+12+18+8= 93
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Red
1/28/2020 - fingers wrote:
88 points
Followed for two days open with little change in the character. Dark ruby color, clear and sediment-free. Medium intensity nose of damp mulch, cherry pie, and light florals. Tight and youthful palate with a bit of a hot streak, I think its best days are still ahead. But then again, I'm surprised at how little I enjoyed this despite it being a perfectly fine wine. In other words, I was rather bored, which is more and more how I feel about a lot of Oregon PN. 4+11+15+8= 88
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Red
1/26/2020 - fingers wrote:
Typical, hot, Paso-profile Cab/Bdx blend. The Merlot and CF show decisively. Good flavor and density but it gets tiring to drink after awhile.
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Red
1/22/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
88 points
It may have had a rough start, but this has found its stride over the past year or so. The corners are rounder and the bouquet more harmonious and playful. The acidity isn't exactly plentiful, but at least the tannins have softened some to share the leading role with the nice berry and plum fruit. I wish I had a couple more bottles.
5+10+15+8= 88
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Red
1/21/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
88 points
Found this bottle at the back of a friend’s pantry and I volunteered ;) to examine it. Cork was intact, saturated about half way but not too bad for 14 yrs of passive storage. The color is quite tawny at the rim with a brown core and very fine sediment. Mild bouquet of flowers, tobacco, spice, and a bit of acetate that blew off and disappeared after 15 minutes open. The palate is still mostly intact, the fruit fading of course, but this modest little song from the Cali Coast still has something to say. Still drinking well at the 4 hour open mark. A properly stored bottle should be a pleasure to drink. 4+10+17+7= 88
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White - Fortified
1/19/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
94 points
From 375ml. Passively stored, crumbled cork. Dark brown color. Absolutely decadent caramel, molasses, licorice, and toffee coat the mouth after an initial waft of smoke and burnt orange enhance the bouquet. This is dessert all by itself or with dark chocolate creations. On a pure pleasure basis, I give this 94-95 pts. . Pretty amazing.
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White
2010 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/18/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
94 points
Well I cannot add anything to, or be more in agreement with, the excellent reviews recently posted here and like PaulS, I also see much better days ahead. It really took a good hour in the decanter to start to grow on me and meet expectations. Day 2: this has really turned out beautifully as the bouquet stretches out seemingly forever. I hope to try again in several years. 5+13+17+9= 94
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Red
1/18/2020 - fingers wrote:
90 points
Slow-O for 16 hrs before tasting. Almost completely opaque purple color, clear and sediment-free. Profound bouquet, equal fruit and floral, tame oak and spice. Big weight and high heat that comes with the territory and it causes the finish to fall out of balance and cohesion. I would like to try again in 3-4 years and see how this develops.. it's still a bit of a brute. 5+12+15+8= 90
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Red
1/17/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
90 points
This bottle had been in a friend's kitchen cabinet for the past 3 years and yes, it is showing a little long in the tooth. But I found it really enjoyable and with another friend, we managed to polish it off quickly enough that it didn't deteriorate too badly while open. It hasn't lost any of it's "darkness" in color or flavor. Less licorice, more tobacco than before. This may be a bit prematurely mature, but I would say this is a great time to be opening these. 5+12+16+7= 90
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Red
1/15/2020 - fingers wrote:
flawed
TCA, ever so lightly, but there
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White
1/14/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
92 points
An awesome little gem. Light straw in color with a bright, clear body.
Crisp, tart, and refreshing mouthfeel but still luscious enough to have significant length on the palate with flavors of apple, kiwi, mango, cumquat, and pineapple. The bouquet includes jasmine, citrus, and honey-roasted nuts. The alcohol is completely in check and balance. Blind, I would have called Chardonnay but I really don’t know what the blend is here. A great accompaniment to tonight’s swordfish.
5+11+18+8= 92
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Rosé - Sparkling
1/10/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful ruby color, naturally darker than typical rose’. A fine mousse that is also a bit lazy. Very light and pretty bouquet of strawberry, melon, white flowers. The palate is lively and nicely balanced between acidity/glycerin/dosage in mouthfeel and delicate fruit flavors. I needed to match a sparkler to a steak and this worked wonderfully. The extra brut designation should be of little concern... it has a nice dry tack to it, but also a certain plushness to make it smooth and easy to drink.
5+10+18+8= 91
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Red
1/8/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
91 points
Almost opaque purple color with no sediment. Medium intensity bouquet with consistent Cab Sauv definitions and flavors. Certainly not flabby on acid nor lacking tannins, which deserve a few/several hours of air to resolve their dispute with the alcohol. With a good decant, this falls into a very nice place. 5+11+17+8= 91
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White
1/7/2020 - fingers wrote:
I followed this bottle for 5 hours open and for some reason, it did not have the same magic or class as my first one 6 months ago. Showing both the oak and the alcohol more. Not a bad drop, but not up to the asking price on this particular one and I think I would shorten my window if I had more in the cellar.
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Red
1/6/2020 - fingers wrote:
90 points
Followed over two days open. It was a bit rough and tumble for the first 30 minutes but came together well before the first hour was up. Good thing, because by hour 6 it was starting to fade away.
Dark garnet color with a slight haze, though no sediment in the punt. Cork was almost half-saturated but not leaking. Nose has a beautiful cherry, star anise, and floral foundation, also a hint of funky/poopy/mulch for added interest. The palate displays fruit of fine pedigree and raw material, though maybe would’ve been better in the hands of another winemaker. I find it lacking stamina for a long future and will get after my remaining bottle within 2 years.
4+12+17+7= 90
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Rosé
Drank in a group setting so no formal notes but this was truly lovely. So fresh and clean with a deep vein of berry and melon flavor. Outstanding rosie.
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Red
1/3/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
92 points
Really nice right from the pop and a big difference between this and the 2013 Boer that I also recently tasted. Profound bouquet of strawberry, white chocolate, lavender, rose, and licorice. Light to medium body, integrated and light tannins, some pleasantly firm acidity and a very low heat index. I have to use both of the words "subtle" and "expressive" for this, which I know makes no sense, but is more consistent with the Sandler signature profile that I know and love.
5+12+17+8= 92
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White - Sparkling
1/2/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
90 points
Light gold with a very fine and persistent mousse. Light intensity nose has a bit of melon and wheat, apple and lime. Lively and agile, this could pair with almost anything. It’s snappy and chiseled in an extra brut vein with a simple bouquet, but it also has some weight and roundness and balance, with a medium to long finish. In the <$35 category, this is a solid hit and I would buy again.
5+10+17+8= 90
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White
2015 Clos des Lunes Lune Blanche Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/1/2020 - fingers wrote:
86 points
Very light gold color, clear and sound. Shy bouquet of citrus peel. Stony and steely, light to medium intensity fruit with good persistence. Good, but kind of a tough sell at $20+.
5+9+15+7= 86
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Red
1/1/2020 - fingers wrote:
88 points
Not having tried this in its early days, I am inclined to think this had better track behind it than it does ahead. Pleasant enough, but it feels a little tired and not giving the usual balance among fruit, alcohol, tannins, and oak that I’ve loved in other Sandler’s. Medium ruby color with a large deposit of chunky sediment. The bouquet shows me nice herb and earth notes but I’m wanting for a little more berry goodness than what’s there. It gives me some insight on Boer and how it does age-wise.
4+11+16+7= 88
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White
12/31/2019 - fingers Likes this wine:
91 points
Light yellow-gold color with slow legs, clear and clean. Generous bouquet with a lot of toast and lemon merengue. Tangy acidity and medium-long finish. I followed this bottle over two days and it was still gaining ground at the end. It still seems like a baby to me and I think it will be doing quite nicely a few years down the road.
4+11+17+9= 91
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White - Sparkling
12/29/2019 - fingers Likes this wine:
93 points
Very light gold color with a steady and fine mousse. Persistent bouquet of warm lemon cake, toasted marshmallow, and dry-roasted nuts. I love the balanced dosage (whatever it is) on the palate along with the vibrancy and luxurious texture. The complexity didn’t really start to come out until after an hour open. So delicious now, I’m not sure if it’s worth cellaring for longer but it would be nice to have several to follow over time. 5+12+18+8= 93
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Rosé
12/29/2019 - fingers wrote:
86 points
Beautiful color, more ruby than peach. Light quince bouquet. Medium bodied, bright acidity with nice tropical and cherry flavor. Serviceable, but not special. Good with popcorn and a movie ;)
5+9+15+7= 86
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Spirits
This was pretty good straight up as a sipper with a cigar. A little smoky, good peat, caramel, and cornbread notes that are not overcome by the kinetic energy of the alcohol. Additional hints of sweetness and French toast. I preferred this over the 101 WT.
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Red
12/27/2019 - fingers Likes this wine:
85 points
It’s a bit quirky. Candied and Gamay-ish at the pop, but there’s plenty of tannins for stretching it out with air. After enough time open, it turns into a nice little quaff. I actually preferred it on its own, as it seemed a little overwhelmed by food.
5+9+14+7= 85
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Red
12/25/2019 - fingers Likes this wine:
93 points
A beautiful recovery for this bottle after my last one was apparently off in some way. Mature, silken texture and a long drive of ripe berries and plum with lavender, tobacco, and the other standard Napa Cab notes. Big and open bouquet right from the pop, it did seem to fall off a bit after a few hours open. 5+13+17+8= 93
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Red
Not sure why I can't listen to my own advice and hold bottles beyond their infancy ;)
I think this still deserves another year or three. Hasn't changed in over a year and it was only at the end of the second day open that I feel like it was showing it's best.
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White - Sparkling
12/21/2019 - fingers wrote:
85 points
Light gold color, good energy and fizz. Timid nose of citrus and a little honeycomb. Good depth to the fruit flavors though the sweetness level approaches Prosecco in nature. This won't ever be mistaken for Champagne but it is a very good match to spicy Asian cuisine.
5+9+14+7= 85
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Red
12/19/2019 - fingers Likes this wine:
91 points
Another excellent Sandler wine. First time with a Syrah for me. It is in a rustic OW style that suits me fine, with a plethora of herbs (Thyme on top) and a good mix of red and dark berry. Transparent of terroir and honest, natural winemaking. Ready at the pop and held solid for two days open. 5+12+16+8= 91
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Red
12/17/2019 - fingers Likes this wine:
94 points
Rocknroller has it right, as usual.
When first opened, it was as tight and tannic as a leather drum. After an hour uncorked it started to really sing and ended up being a personal WOTY candidate.
5+13+17+9= 94
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Red
12/16/2019 - fingers Likes this wine:
91 points
Notes made after two days open. It needed a few hours to stretch out but this is much more approachable and open for business than my first bottle, some 16 months ago.
Big nose of dark berry compote with a nice tinge of floral perfume. Good harmony of acidify and tannins, fruit and oak, with 100% varietal typicality. Seamless, medium length finish.
Happy to have 4 more. 5+11+17+8= 91
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White - Sparkling
12/15/2019 - fingers Likes this wine:
87 points
Notes after 30 minutes open. Light straw color, a fine and steady mousse. Lemon drop candy and toast in the bouquet.
Very dry and crisp but with plenty of appealing fruit flavors. Not particularly complex or long on finish, but a fine Sunday brunch cohort.
4+10+16+7= 87
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Red
12/14/2019 - fingers Likes this wine:
92 points
Oh man, these Sandlers continue to impress. I followed this bottle over 4 days open and it never really lost a step. Profound and lovely bouquet that translates to a beautiful melange of spices and persistent berries on the palate. The way the finish hangs and haunts reminds me more of a nice Cabernet, yet this never tastes outside the boundaries of Pinot Noir and the result is one of the more Burgundian NW Pinot’s I’ve ever had.
5+12+17+8= 92
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White - Off-dry
12/10/2019 - fingers Likes this wine:
93 points
Continues to perform beautifully and still on the way up, me thinks.
I paired this with a good old filet mignon with garlic-mashed potatoes and broccoli and it was fantastic. No need for the tannins, etc. of a red wine because there's so much depth to this demi-sec and I highly recommend trying this type of pairing. Quite enlightening.
Light gold color with a bright reflection and clear body.
Medium to profound nose of apricot and orange rind, apple and pear, a hint of wet rocks. Great balance on the palate where it never feels heavy or dominated by any one element. As others have said, "seamless". 5+12+17+9= 93
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White - Sparkling
12/8/2019 - fingers Likes this wine:
92 points
Spot on to all the praise already heaped heretofore. Another Courtin winner. 5+12+17+8= 92
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Red
12/7/2019 - fingers wrote:
89 points
Big, ripe, Paso-signature Cab. It needed over an hour in the decanter to find its balance, but then it gave up a nice seductive profile with medium persistence. Easy on tannins, no overt oak, and average acidity. I’d say this is quite ready to go.
4+11+16+8= 89
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Red
12/5/2019 - fingers wrote:
Not much change from 10 months ago and given how much better it was after a day open, I would say hold this for another 2+ years. It was harsh and wound up at the pop but it filled out beautifully overnight.
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Red
11/29/2019 - fingers Likes this wine:
92 points
This came together quickly (30 min) after the pop and I followed it for about 4 hours, whence it shone the brightest. Dark, inky purple color with a light deposit of sediment and some haze in the body.
Profound dark currant and blackberry, licorice, leather, and lavender.. nice floral streak. I love the tension and tack to the mouthfeel, while it still has a perfect smoothness as the flavors glide down the gullet. Alcohol nicely in check for such a big and rich profile. Very fine tannins and a long finish. Drink or hold. 4+12+18+8= 92
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